Image: New Year's Eve ball in Times Square
Seth Wenig  /  AP file
The New Year's Eve ball is surrounded by fireworks in preparation for its descent at midnight in New York's Times Square on December 31.
updated 1/6/2009 9:01:14 AM ET 2009-01-06T14:01:14

Happy new year — in reverse!

The massive Waterford Crystal ball that descended in Times Square to ring in 2009 is being lit again and sent back up a 141-foot flagpole, where it will remain year-round.

The ball — 12 feet in diameter, weighing nearly 12,000 pounds, and covered with 2,668 Waterford Crystal triangles — will now have a permanent home on the roof of One Times Square.

The ball will be raised midway up the flagpole on Tuesday, where it will be used during the next New Year's celebration.

Organizers say the ball will also celebrate other holidays including Valentine's Day, the Fourth of July and Halloween.

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